Collin Hartman returning to Indiana for 2017-18 season

  • 03/30/2017 9:16 am in

Indiana forward Collin Hartman, who missed the entire 2016-17 season with an injury, will return to the Hoosiers next season as a redshirt senior.

Hartman confirmed the news in a video on Twitter:

Hartman, who got engaged on senior night in Bloomington on Feb. 25, had left his status up in the air for next season in his last public comments.

“This is something that I had been leaning toward since before the season had ended and I needed to make sure that I could fully dedicate myself both mentally and physically to the process,” he said in a statement. “It is important that I am able to come back and perform at the level I was at before the injury occurred.”

“I’m so happy that Collin has made his decision to return to IU basketball to finish the last chapter of his basketball journey,” Hartman’s mother, Melissa Compton, said in a statement.

After playing an integral role on 2015-16’s Big Ten championship team, Hartman suffered a non-contact left knee injury during an individual workout on Sept. 20. He underwent surgery on Monday, Sept. 26.

Hartman, who started 24 games as a junior, averaged five points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 21.9 minutes per game in 2015-16. He shot 35.8 percent from behind the 3-point line.

He played several games at the end of that season with a fracture in his wrist, an injury he suffered in Indiana’s 72-69 loss to Michigan in the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis.

Following Hartman’s freshman season at Indiana, he suffered a torn ACL in his right knee after planting his knee wrong in a drill. As a result of that injury, Hartman missed Indiana’s trip to Montreal in August of 2014. He returned as a sophomore to play in 32 of Indiana’s 34 games.

His return is a major boost for first-year coach Archie Miller as he builds his roster for the 2017-18 season.

“We are thrilled that Collin has decided to come back and play next season,” Miller said in a statement. “Having an individual who has won a Big Ten championship and had success in the NCAA Tournament gives our program a big lift. He brings leadership and intangibles that can do nothing but help us achieve our goals.”

Hartman, who graduated in May of 2016, is expected to continue working towards a graduate degree.

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  • IdahoHoosier

    Not being in IU practices, I don’t know that that is necessarily the system CTC advocated, but perhaps so. At any rate, I’d hesitate to label JBJ an “outstanding rebounder” if he has yet to show he is capable of blocking out consistently.

  • TomEke

    Saying lack of depth/rebuild vs wait and see are entirely different, but glad to see you change your tune. IMO there is no reason for the pessimism in your first comment after a player, who many thought was done, decided to return to the team.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    Yep, I heard that interview too. Like Archie said, if they don’t want to be there, then he’s not gonna make them stay. As much as I would like the players (returning or incoming) to want to play at IU, if they’d rather go somewhere else, I wish them the best of luck. We want guys to play for us that have the right mindset going into the season.

  • Fifer39

    I think you make a good point about the players. Although there’s been something of a love/hate relationship between 1 or 2 of them and the fans this year, there’s not one that Hoosier nation wouldn’t get fully behind in a system that allows them to play to their strengths.

    In many ways, that’s my biggest concern about Archie’s early years. He clearly has a system that he’s going to implement and the challenge will be implementing that with a group of players that he hasn’t specifically recruited to fit into that system. I’m already seeing top 25 ranking predictions for next. We might just need to be prepared to be a little patient.

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    1) I only brought up RMK to show the contrast between how Crean and he have handled being fired. No ulterior motive.

    2) I don’t think I could see his departure as differently as you do. He’s supportive of the university. His daughter is a senior there. His son is going there on a baseball scholly next year. Will it bother you if he shows up at graduation or to a baseball game or two?

    3) I don’t think the Harbaughs “bad mouthed” IU. They were frustrated and told their side of the story. Crean can’t control what Jim Harbaugh says any more than you or me.

  • HoosierMetsFan

    If Hartman returns to his 2015-2016 form, this is huge. His ability to knock down 3s, take care of the ball, and defend bigger players in the post was really missing. The under-reported part of the crean era was how bad we got screwed with injuries and timing of injuries… From Mo Creek to verdell Jones late in the year, to Hulls hurting his shoulder in the temple game and playing hurt in the Syracuse game, to JBJ, to CH and OG

  • TomEke

    You can disagree with his actions, but there is no need to badmouth Crean by calling him the X-Girlfriend that keeps coming around.

  • John D Murphy

    I’m saying he doesn’t want more than 9-10 guys and we’ll have plenty. I am counting our players until there is a reason not to. I think they would have been a lot likelier to t’fer had we not changed coaches. I think we would have lost at least 2 + JBJ/TB/OG. I don’t think we’ll lose more than 1 now. They can feel the positive energy. Didn’t we only lose 1 when Davis got fired? (And Vaden basically looked at Mike Davis as a father figure). I don’t think TC lands anywhere this year so they aren’t following him.

  • John D Murphy

    Informed by who? No one who really knew. For all we know the decision hadn’t been made yet.

  • John D Murphy

    I’m not saying he wouldn’t improve. I’m saying the NBA draft stock of bigs is lower at the end of jnr yr even if they are better. Hammonds was a perfect example. The NBA drafts on a sliding scale of potential and productivity. The older you are, the less potential factors in.

  • John D Murphy

    Not so. I’m sure my generalization may have an exception or two. But is it more wrong to assume the generalization or that the exception will come true for one specific player, which everyone seems to be doing.

  • John D Murphy

    Thank you for providing specific examples. Arguably, Joakim hurt his stock. Hasheem Thabeet is the perfect exception example. Robinson didn’t play his first two years so he didn’t have draft stock after his soph yr. I don’t remember much about Aldrich’s position.

  • IdahoHoosier

    You’ve lost me when you start talking about “degrees of wrongness”. Nothing is “more wrong” than making a blanket statement asserting that one thing applies to everyone (“Bigs don’t improve their draft stock between soph and junior years”). You may have missed the attempt at humor. “All generalizations are false, including this one” is a quote attributed to Mark Twain. Supposed to be ironic.

  • John D Murphy

    It’s obviously my opinion and not 100%. But most people on here seem to assume if he comes back, avgs a few more pts, and isn’t blocked inside as much that he will improve his draft stock. That isn’t really the case. He could be a much more dominant college 5 and not elevate his draft stock at all. The two really don’t equate. Right now, he could still be drafted on potential which isn’t really the case (IMO…do I really need to always put that) after the junior year.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Ok. What is your point?

  • John D Murphy

    Why? I don’t have the same fear of mass t’fers that everyone else is having. I see this as a very strong roster (even minus OG,TB,JBJ).

  • Ole Man

    What bad mouth?
    I used an analogy….a correct one.
    And I actually borrowed it from other bloggers, so it’s not an original expression of thought.

  • John D Murphy

    I didn’t recognize that quote. Let me try to restate.

    Most posters on ITH seem to believe that TB’s stock would rise if he had a better jnr yr than soph year. I do not, within reason, believe that to be the case given my observations about how the NBA most often drafts bigs.

    I hope I have put enough qualifiers in the above statement to meet the strictly enforced standards of the ITH posters.

  • IdahoHoosier

    No problem. But don’t play the martyr after you make an absolute statement and get a little pushback on it. ITH posters can’t always get your tone or full meaning from text that is so direct. I appreciate the clarification that YOU don’t believe TB would improve his stock. That is much different than “Bigs (all) don’t improve their stock” and makes more sense.

  • IUBizmark

    Jeez. Sorry for being positive a week in.

  • Arch Puddington

    “Archie” came from Archie Bunker, because he was apparently quite feisty as a young person. He is clearly more progressive politically than his namesake, but they share a blue-collar toughness that is all to the good.

  • Doug Wilson

    Bob Knight just gave his endorsement to Archie Miller. So guess you can start sucking up.. Enjoy the taste of your early Comments in the coming years…. Archie ball looks very similiar to the brand we have missed for 17 years….. 2) Crean done the job IU you asked of him… Now the IU Basketball book needs to turn to a new chapter. Alford is currently being critized for not teaching Defence at UCLA… We don’t need him. However, a Knight endorsement will be heard around the State…. I think Knight will love money, and he has just found a way to earn it again… Get excited about our Current team??? things could be worse. ya could always Boiler UP, perhaps?!!? there is nothing left in the past. Dakich has already discussed drinking a beer with Archie…. etc…
    IU supporter since ’83


    Correct, not the worst person to have should a worst case scenario come about.


    I too am very interested in seeing if there is any noticeable decrease in injuries. Sure seemed like we had more than our share of them, but I’m like you, am I seeing it that way because it’s happening to the team that I back, or was there some kind of X factor involved.

  • INUnivHoosier2

    What the hell are you talking about?

    Are you drunk? Be honest.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    I see where you’re coming from……now. Also, I can’t speak for everyone, but yes. I try to use “IMHO” or “Just my opinion” a lot.

  • HoosierBballNut

    I just finished listening to the interview and I now understand what you and Calbert meant. It was emotionally wringing interview. Thank you Tom for being a class act and representing IU so well !

  • HoosierBballNut

    Thank you for posting, I didn’t know how well connected Tom was.. It was a good listen 🙂

  • sams212

    How is him clapping (supporting his team) or drinking diet coke annoying? I don’t know about you, but I was watching the game not what the coach was doing on the bench. Who cares?

  • marcusgresham

    An agent takes a percentage of his client’s earnings, so I don’t think that’s the problem. Besides, he’ll get paid to play somewhere.